Last time I posted about the difference it makes to Christian spiritual formation depending on whether our focus is on holiness or love and how it can lead to distortion in our lives if we focus on one to the neglect of the other. And that brings in the whole question of balance. Now for … Continue reading Spiritual formation – balance
Culture is part of life whether we know it or not. Its is an atmosphere, a way of being and doing, created by a common understanding, either intentionally or unintentionally. Every home has a culture, every society, every church. The question is what kind of culture, there's good, mediocre and the downright toxic, and every … Continue reading Setting a culture of honour
As Easter follows Christmas, and Ascension follows Easter, so Pentecost follows Ascension. The early church knew in the coming of the Spirit that the Son was at the Father's right hand in the Glory, and had received from Him the gift of the Spirit. Jesus had said while here on earth when conversing with his … Continue reading Pentecost – what of it?
What is the most important event in the Christian calendar? There are four major events in the Christian calendar: Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost. We are all familiar with Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, but the Ascension is another question. Christmas we get, Easter we get, and Pentecost we get, but the Ascension? Is that just for … Continue reading The forgotten event
We live in an uncertain world, a world where it seems everything is up for grabs, for reinterpretation or disregarding. Things that have been norms for generations are being cast aside. Sadly even in the church, even the 'evangelical' church (that part that used to be certain of what it believed), uncertainty has been making … Continue reading Knowing the Word, Living the Life – 1 John
The challenge to love like God does is massive. It is the radical message of the New Testament. More radical than we are prepared to admit. A love that forgives enemies. A love that forgives seventy times seven. A love that desires to bless. A love that goes on and on - strange how in … Continue reading Kingdom loving 3
So God loves spectacularly, he loves like crazy when compared to this world's love. The love that existed in the heart of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, could not be held back by our sin and rebellion. It led to God becoming flesh, being tempted like we are, confronting the powers of darkness, being despised … Continue reading Kingdom loving – part 2